Rebecca Putter made what could have been an enormously stressful time into a pure pleasure. She was experienced enough to help my daughter navigate through the whole process, from preparing for the entrance exams to selecting where to apply to submitting applications and essays. She was also great about keeping my wife and me informed on their progress with every step. In the end, my daughter gained admission to Barnard College, which was her first choice among several other highly competitive schools. Rebecca had the experience and the demeanor to make the whole college selection and application process stress-free for my daughter. We definitely plan to work with her again for my younger daughter when her time comes.
ANINDYA, PARENT OF ANNIKA BARNARD COLLEGE
We have spent over 5 years having Rebecca coach Eva and our older daughter Sophia. With the help of Rebecca and Collegewise, they both got into their first choice school, NYU. They are even going to room together in the fall! This would not have happened without Rebecca’s work, diligence, support, and kindness. My two daughters are very different, one businessy and one artsy. Rebecca tailored her approach to meet these very different kids’ needs. I would highly recommend Rebecca.
RICK, PARENT OF EVA NEW YORK UNIVERSITY
The college process was daunting when I thought I had to do it on my own. I spent so many nights awake dreading the stress and the uncertainty of what it was I had to do if I was going to leave home the next summer. That was until I met Rebecca. She took my stress and anxiety about the college process and transformed them into planning and ease of mind. Since both my parents had attended college more than twenty years ago, we were all at a loss of where to even begin. Rebecca navigated us through these dire straits like a modern day Ferdinand Magellan. I would recommend Collegewise to anyone who feels at all unsure about starting their college journey.
JAMES UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT AUSTIN
Apart from loving Rebecca and connecting with her easily, I loved the deadlines I was given. It kept me on track, especially with the website reminders. I personally loved the mentor-mentee friendship thing we had because we didn't only talk about serious stuff, but she was also amazing in the way that I felt excited coming into her office and talking to her. You have to have trust in your counselor and be pretty close to them, which was one of my favorite things about my experience. A lot of people can read over your essays and resume, but no other person will be with you all through the whole writing process, know you very well, and give you the specific attention as your counselor at Collegewise.
KARMA UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT AUSTIN
The experience with Rebecca far surpassed our expectations. While I would NOT recommend engaging so late in the process, the guidance provided under rapidly approaching admissions deadlines was incredible. Rebecca Putter was instrumental in establishing a list of college options, navigating the variety of admissions requirements, fine-tuning application details, and perhaps most importantly, keeping our family sane in what can be a high stress-inducing exercise. Rebecca’s frequent and detailed communications kept our family well-informed on key decisions and on track in our deliverables. Her expertise and accessibility resulted in the ideal outcome for our daughter. DO NOT WAIT…engage with Rebecca early in the process!
JEFF, PARENT OF SID THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT AUSTIN
Trying to understand the college admissions process while attempting to submit the best application possible can put incredible strain on a family at a challenging time in a teenager’s life. Hiring Rebecca, who has a wealth of college admissions experience and is unparalleled as a counselor, was the best choice we could have made for our son. She guided him skillfully through an intensive process that left no stone unturned. He had all his research, essays, and applications complete before his senior year. That left only interviews, which she coached him on, too. As a direct result, he was admitted to every selective school to which he applied, including his first choice, with merit scholarships. Rebecca’s expertise along with her ability to personalize her consulting make her a tremendous asset to any college applicant.
MOLLY, PARENT OF HOLDEN AMERICAN UNIVERSITY
After getting her start in education by launching a satellite branch of a tutoring company in Austin, Rebecca then spent a year as a pre-law advisor and career coach with UT Austin’s Liberal Arts Career Services Office. Prior to joining Collegewise in June 2014, Rebecca interned for a local private counselor and took on her own caseload of students. It was then that Rebecca realized she wanted to help high school students of all GPAs and test scores find and get into the colleges of their dreams. Rebecca was valedictorian of her high school class and earned a near perfect GPA both while studying politics at NYU and later when earning a master’s degree in higher education administration from UT Austin.
She’s also a dedicated gluten-free pescetarian. When she’s not advising students or looking for new combinations of fish and vegetables to eat, Rebecca enjoys running, trying any and all fitness classes, and soaking up Austin’s abundant selection of live music.
Though she's located in Austin, Rebecca's not just a UT Austin expert. While Collegewise Austin students are accepted at UT at five times the national admit rate, they also receive acceptances from universities all over the country! Our students have recently been admitted to the University of Virginia, Barnard, NYU, Rice, and Texas A&M.
Education & Experience
Summa cum laude graduate, NYU
M.Ed. in Higher Education Administration, UT Austin
Former Pre-Law Advisor and Career Coach, UT Austin
Professional Organization Memberships